The Snail and the Whale

Grades PreSchool to 3

November 8-19, 2021 • Digital Performances

A Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) and Tall Stories of London Production based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Connections: Classic Storybooks, Puppetry, Love of Reading

Longing to see the world, a tiny sea snail hitches a life on the tail of a great big, grey-blue humpback whale. When the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him? Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the Julia Donaldson story of one crustacean’s incredible trip around the world, brought vividly to life with music, storytelling and loads of laughs.

Digital performances are pre-recorded, and a link will be sent to you prior to the scheduled performance time. A study guide to enhance the classroom experience will be provided in advance.

Contact Jessica McGlynn, School Sales Coordinator at: 204-954-1704, [email protected].

Recommended for Pre-School to Grade 3
approximate running time: 55 minutes with no intermission

Faultless family fare… One of the best examples of children’s theatre’ WhatsOnStage
Captivating, inventive storytelling along with beautiful live music and songs – it’s highly recommended that you climb aboard and set sail!’ Edinburgh Festivals for Kids 

The Snail and the Whale
A play with music inspired by the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Original Stage Production developed by Tall Stories of London
Original Direction by Toby Mitchell
Direction realized for MTYP by Jillian Willems
Set, Props and Costume Designer Isla Shaw
Lighting Designer James Whiteside
Lighting Design realized for MTYP by Katherine Johnston
Music Director/ Composer Richard Heacock
Stage Manager Margaret Brook

Toby Hughes as Dad
Erin McGrath as Narrator
Sophie Smith-Dostmohamed as Daughter 

Production Manager Brooklyne Alexander
Assistant Production Manager Katherine Johnston
Technical Director and Audio Technician Curtis Cushnie
Head of Wardrobe Kevin Maguire
Head of Properties Janelle Regalbuto
Head Technician Eric Bosse
Head Carpenter Christian Hadley
Head of Paint Shauna Jones
Stream Technician Ryan Bjornson
Video Production and Editing Red Rover Entertainment 

Here’s the trailer from the original production of The Snail and the Whale from Tall Stories of London!


Educators can book a stream now!

November 8-19, 2021
The show may be watched at any time in between the opening and closing dates!

Every student deserves the opportunity to visit unique places of learning, but not all can afford it.

MTYP is proud to be a partner organization with Daytrippers Children’s Charity that enables experiential learning opportunities by providing funding to students in low-income and remote communities. Eligible schools serving grades K – 8 may apply directly to Daytrippers for funding in support of activities with MTYP.  For more information on eligibility and how to easily apply, visit their website by clicking here:

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MTYP Snail and the Whale Study Guide

The Snail and the Whale Study Guide